The easiest way to reach the elite beaches of Atlantida is by plane. Picking out the air ways, the closest airport is Carrasco, 30 kilometers away from the summer resort. Another option would be driving from Uruguay's capital city Montevideo along the Golden Coast. Situated 45 kilometers (28 miles) East of Montevideo, the distance can be covered in about an hour.
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Bearing the poetic name for the island of Atlas, Uruguay's Atlantida is a famous summer resort which served as an ideal location for those who wanted to flee the hostile environment in times of war. The beauty of the ''capital of the Golden Coast'' consists in the fact that its solitary beaches are bordered by pine trees and numerous large rock formations create natural, alluring pools. Besides the summer feel that was enjoyed mainly by the elite class until the 1950s, the resort town gained fame through the extravagant shapes of the local architecture.
Glamor on the Costa de Oro
Atlantida is one of the main destinations for the ones traveling to Uruguay's Costa de Oro (Golden Coast). It is located in the Canelones Department, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) East from capital city Montevideo. The resort town with great touristic appeal has approximately 4,600 permanent inhabitants. The intimate beaches of today were not invested in until 1939 when a wealthy Italian businessman named Michellizzi saw potential in them. Almost 30 years later, in 1967 Atlantida was granted the city status.
The name Atlantida came two years after the first hotel here was built in 1913. A poetic version for Atlantis, the island of the primordial titan Atlas, the name was first mentioned by Greek philosopher Plato. In his memorable writings, Plato describes Atlantida as the island which failed to invade Athens and sank into the ocean ''in a single day and night of misfortune''.
Meeting at the Eagle's Nest
One of the most visited sights of Atlantida is the enigmatic stone building called the ''Nido del Aguila'' (Eagle's Nest). The former house built by Michellizzi has an unusual shape of a dolphin with the head of an eagle. The eagle's eye are the windows overlooking the sea while the interior is picturing its abundance in the shape of sharks, octopuses or seaweed. Even though the Italian who reinvented these seashores used the Eagle's Nest as a meeting point, there are several stories about its purpose. While some assumed that it could be a cosmic energy center, others confused it to Hitler's house in the Alps which carried the same name.
The most popular beaches, not crowded during summers and deserted during winters are Playa La Brava and Playa La Mansa. While the first one can be characterized by its rougher currents, ideal for water sports, the later should be chosen by the ones looking for calm waters.
There are several casinos and clubs for the ones who are enjoying an active nightlife. Atlantida Zoo is seen as a delight for the ones traveling with children and the Museo de Neruda is honoring the poet who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
Enjoy your summer on the magnificent, elite beaches of Atlantida.